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Islamic State releases 10 more Assyrian Christians

by Aaron James

According to the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) five men and five women have been released. Their names are:

  1. Timotheous Awetar Ishmael
  2. Awiya Youkhana Hormiz
  3. Adoniya Emanuel Youkhana
  4. Awiya Ishmael Youkhana
  5. Ampolia Talya Talya
  6. Laya Ibrahim Mirza
  7. Sheren Abdulahad Darmo
  8. Hana Ibrahim Elias Yousef
  9. Dewaniya Benyamin Rehana
  10. Shawel Elisha Elisha

Below, starting with Timotheous Awetar Ishmael in the top right, are pictures of each of the released hostages.


AINA has said that the group, who come from various villages in the Hasaka province near the Khabur river in northeastern Syria, are all in good health.

It is unknown how much was paid for the release of the hostages.

Estimates believe Islamic State still have around 155 of the 230 Assyrian Christians it captured from Hasaka province in February this year. Militants murdered three of the Hasaka hostages in September.

This is in addition to around 185 Assyrians it kidnapped from the central Christian town of Qaryatain earlier this year, and other groups and individuals it has captured during its Syrian campaign.

Below is a video of the hostages returning to the town of Tel Tamar.

Special thanks to AINA for content

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